The Pirates have 52 games left and if they lose 11 of them, they will clinch their 18th straight losing season... a pretty safe bet I would say.
Well finally the Pirates are saying "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH" and diagnosed the problem as being pitching coach Joe Kerrigan and bench coach Gary Varsho. So they were fired.
A couple of baseball lifers (who each served as an interim manager in the big leagues) are shown the door... and not a minute too soon.
Clearly THEY were what was keeping the Pirates down. They are one Orioles winning streak from being the worst team in baseball, but with all the talent on this roster, it is clearly the COACHING staff's fault.
I mean with such pitching studs as Charlie Morton, Brad Lincoln and Brian Burres in the staff, they should be shutting down opponents left and right. It's kind of like looking at the Braves staff in the early 1990s... so much talent that it isn't even fair.
And they have veterans to give the team some stability. Heck they just brought in Chan Ho Park. He's always good.
Meanwhile the line up... wow! When you have Ronny Cedeno, Andy LaRoche and Jeff Clement coming up to bat, who can you pitch around?
Clearly the talent is there... and the front office has done all they can to make the team better. Last year I pointed out all of their recent first round pick disasters... and GM Neal Huntington has managed to trade the likes of Jason Pay, Nate McLouth, Adam LaRoche and Freddy Sanchez and get virtually nothing in return...
And the Pirates non tendered Matt Capps, who went on to be an All Star for the Nationals and netted a great catching prospect in Wilson Ramos for Washington while the Pirates go exactly gotch.
But those are flukes. It's obvious the talent is there and the GM has done THEIR job.
So let's shake up the coaching staff!
No doubt this will help lead the Pirates to the promise land.
(But not to .500... let's not go crazy here.)